Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials

Initiative – A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement

Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky


Contributed by Clyde C. Miller
Senior Pastor (Retired), First Christian Assembly, Cincinnati, OH

September 1, 2001


Jerry Kirk was pastor of the College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati for 21 years. He was my friend. He was my friend in spite of the fact that he was always getting me into something that always seemed to wind up spelling “w-o-r-k”.

It was 1973 and a large woman and small man approached Jerry. Because they had both accepted Christ as a result of seeing Billy Graham on television, they wanted Jerry to get some pastors together, invite Billy Graham to Cincinnati and have a crusade. Simple as that.

But God touched Jerry and Jerry touched us eight pastors he assembled to explore the crusade possibility. Jerry TOOK THE INITIATIVE. He was willing to start. The effort took five years, gallons of coffee, a myriad of meetings and a whole lot of dough (I’m speaking of the “tons” of donuts consumed at the early morning committee meetings).And the rewards because this man took the initiative? Over 17,000 people accepted Jesus Christ!

And then, in just two short years after the crusade, Jerry initiated another effort with essentially the same pastors which the crusade had brought together. This initiative resulted in the establishing of the Citizens for Community Values, one of the strongest forces in the USA for fighting the all-consuming, withering hateful monster of pornography in our country. It all happened because of initiative. Thanks, Jerry and thank God for INITIATIVE.


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